Trump pledges strong federal support for hurricane-stricken Carolinas

By Jeff Mason and Ernest Scheyder HAVELOCK/WILMINGTON, N.C., Sept 19 : US President Donald Trump on Wednesday promised that North and South Carolina would have strong federal support as they recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Florence, whose floodwaters continue to threaten the region. “We’re going to be there 100 percent,” Trump told officials at […]

Carolinas deluged by floods as Florence moves on

By Ernest Scheyder WILMINGTON, NC, Sept 18 : Rivers and waterways, swollen after Florence’s historic deluge, rose dangerously across the Carolinas on Tuesday, closing roads, inundating communities, hindering rescue and repair efforts and preventing evacuees from returning home. Though slow-moving Florence has moved into the US northeast, allowing glimpses of sunlight in the waterlogged state, […]

N.Carolina’s raging rivers from storm Florence test beefed-up defenses

By Patrick Rucker FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Sept 17 : Deadly storm Florence’s historic rainfall is testing the best efforts by many North Carolina cities to bolster their defenses against flooding since Hurricane Matthew inundated the eastern part of the state two years ago. Since Matthew, firefighters have been trained in rapid water rescue and are equipped […]

As floodwaters rise, Florence devastates North Carolina

By Anna Mehler Paperny and Ernest Scheyder WILSON/WILMINGTON, NC, Sept 16 : Deadly storm Florence drenched North Carolina with yet more downpours on Sunday, cutting off the city of Wilmington, damaging tens of thousands of homes and threatening worse flooding as rivers fill to bursting point. The death toll rose to at least 14 from […]

Florence delivers more drenching rains in eastern US

By Anna Mehler Paperny and Ernest Scheyder WILSON/WILMINGTON, NC, Sept 16 : Florence drenched North Carolina with yet more rain on Sunday and officials warned residents that “the worst is yet to come” from a storm that has killed at least 11 people, as rivers inland were likely to flood. Florence, which crashed into the […]

Super typhoon slams into China after pummelling Philippines

By James Pomfret and Enrico Dela Cruz HONG KONG/MANILA, Sept 16 : A super typhoon made landfall in China’s Guangdong on Sunday, the country’s most populous province, after wreaking havoc in Hong Kong and Macau and killing potentially more than 50 people in the Philippines. Packing winds of more than 200 kph (125 mph) at […]